Small Backyard? 5 Tips to Make Space for Your New Granny Flat


Adding a granny flat to your property is a great investment, but you might be looking at your back yard and wonder how on earth you’re going to fit it in. Here are five tips to help you save space to fit in that granny flat in.

1) MOVE YOUR WATER TANK UNDERGROUND

Generally speaking, you’ll need about 60 square metres in your back area in order to add a granny flat. While collecting rainwater in a tank is a great way of reducing your water bills and being more environmentally friendly, the structure itself can take up much needed space for your granny flat.
If you have an area under a deck or beneath your home that isn’t being used, you could consider moving your water tank underground. That way you can use that extra space towards adding a granny flat, thus increasing the value of your property.

2) COMBINE YOUR GARAGE WITH YOUR GRANNY FLAT

One of the structures that is taking up the most space in your backyard is your garage or shed. You might be thinking “I can’t possibly live life without my storage shed!”
However, thankfully there is a simple granny flat solution – selecting a design that comes with a shed or garage attached. That way you’ll get the best of both worlds, a second dwelling for when guests come to stay (or to rent out for extra income) and a large storage area to keep all those precious tools and items you’ve collected over the years safe.

3) ADOPT SMART GARDEN SOLUTIONS

A big back yard flourishing with a booming garden, may be a beautiful sight but the work that goes into maintaining that garden and the large space it takes up could end up becoming a hassle, especially if you’re considering adding a granny flat to your home.
There are plenty of space-saving solutions that allow you to have a garden in a smaller area. For instance, one savvy DIY idea is to take old guttering and use it to create a hanging garden on your patio or terrace. The best part is hanging gardens are perfect for growing herbs for your kitchen cook ups!

4) CHOOSE A SPOT CLOSE TO YOUR PROPERTY’S FENCES

Another thing that may reduce the amount of space you have for your granny flat is the fencing. As the secondary dwelling, it generally has to be at least 3 metres from the back fence and 0.9 metres from the sides.
So when you’re considering the location of the granny flat it’s important to speak to a granny flat specialist to ensure you are placing it in close proximity to the boundaries of your main property to allow enough separation between the two dwellings. This will be especially important if you will be renting the granny flat out to tenants who will need their own privacy.

5) PICK AN INTUITIVE GRANNY FLAT DESIGN

A granny flat that comes with smart storage solutions and has the functionality to serve as a completely stand-alone living space with everything from a laundry to patio area will truly lift the value of your property. Plus it will help you make the most out of your backyard space. That’s why it’s a smart idea to have a chat with a granny flat specialist to get advice on the best granny flat design that will make the most out of your backyard space.

The Bundeena is one of our most intuitive and popular models. It comes with built-ins for each of its two bedrooms and an open plan living area, functional breakfast bench, patio, laundry and more.

Are you considering adding a granny flat to your property? Give us a call to find out more about your granny flat options.